St. Catherine Catholic Church, St. Petersburg

St. Catherine Catholic Church, St. Petersburg

The St. Catherine Catholic Church is one of the oldest catholic churches in Russia. Located on the Nevsky Prospekt in St. Petersburg, it is known as the mother of all Russian churches. Architect Antonio Rinaldi designed the current house of worship which features a Neoclassical design. The church is in the shape of a cross and can hold 2,000 people. The groundbreaking for the church occurred in 1763. The church officially opened for services in 1783.

Although much of the original beauty of the building was destroyed by the Soviets, restoration has returned this spectacular place of worship to its former glory. The church was closed from 1938 to 1992 and it is only though the efforts of the Russian people that it survives today. It is said that a 20 year-old girl confiscated the cross in 1938 and returned it 20 years later once the Catholic church regained control of the church.

Most stunning are the elaborately decorated ceilings that are covered by a cupola. Mass services are available in English, Latin, Polish, and Russian to address the needs of the multi-ethnic congregation. The church also has a shop that sells an assortment of religious literature. Visitors and tour groups are welcome, but the parish requests that you notify them in advance.
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Sight Name: St. Catherine Catholic Church
Sight Location: St. Petersburg, Russia
Sight Type: Religious
Guide(s) containing this sight: Nevsky Prospekt Walking Tour  

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